Are you watching or attending the 2022 FIFA World Cup? Fans are getting email phishing scams, be on alert for these signs and stay safer.
During the World Cup, cybercriminals may launch several phishing attacks targeting soccer enthusiasts to steal personal information. It is, therefore, essential for soccer lovers to be vigilant against these threats.
A phish is when someone sends you a message claiming to be from a legitimate source but isn’t really. They might ask for personal information, or even worse, they may trick you into giving them access to your bank account or credit card details.
A phishing attack involves sending an email pretending to be from someone who knows the recipient well. These attacks usually involve fake websites that appear to belong to a legitimate company or institution. Hackers use these sites to steal personal details such as usernames, passwords, or payment card numbers.
For example, some recent campaigns are related to selling last-minute tickets or advertising the winning of a sports betting event. Those ads often contain malicious links that, when clicked, install malware and compromise the user’s computer.
Several countries have seen a massive spike in cyberattacks since the beginning of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
What Is Specific 2022 FIFA World Cup Phishing?
Security firms are already seeing increased phishing attacks targeting people during the World Cup. Many of these attempts were focused on sports betting, but some even tried to trick users into giving up their bank account numbers. Recent fake gambling websites attempting to fool soccer fans are the most specific things to watch out for.
Be careful when dealing with fake sites. First, pay attention to the URL to see if there is anything unusual. Then, if something seems fishy, take a moment to investigate further.
Don’t ever reveal personal information: Phishers often try to steal users’ usernames and email addresses, credit card numbers, social security numbers, or any other sensitive data they can find.
They may also attempt to trick users into revealing confidential information by sending them links to fake online banking pages or shopping sites. Be careful about clicking on links in unsolicited messages; if you’re unsure where the link leads, open it in a new window instead. Always log out of your account after visiting a website, especially if you’ve logged in from a public location (such as a coffee shop) rather than your home or work network.
Stop Opening Unknown Email Attachments
And remember that no matter how tempting it might be, don’t click on attachments unless you know who sent them. Finally, it is essential to secure your mobile device. A hacker could access your phone and steal your personal information, including your contact list.
If a hack occurs, you may risk your friends’ safety. These recent campaigns remind us that we must be vigilant when receiving emails from unknown sources. Always check your email for suspicious links or attachments. If you don’t, then you are at risk of falling victim to phishing attacks.
To prepare for cyberattacks during the 2022 FIFA World Cup, a soccer-themed live attack intelligence report website is now live. This provides an overview of the number of threats detected, the top target countries and industries, and which attackers used malicious software during the past 24 hours.